All but my lavender seeds sprouted (yay!). I used a Miracle Grow seed starter mix and also a Jiffy Greenhouse seed starter. Both have done really well, although the greenhouse did sprout sooner – probably because of the added warmth. Like I mentioned in my first post, I have never started seeds indoors.
A little background info on me is that I am a newlywed and moved to a new home last December. My husband, Jordan, and I are still figuring out what works best in our location as we have never owned a home before!
That being said, I placed my little seedlings in front of the sunniest window in our home. Here’s a picture of how they were doing:
As I’m sure you can tell, my little seedlings are fighting to find the light! I didn’t want to invest in a seed starting kit with a light and everything because I won’t be using it very often. I know that the GreenStalk can grow plants really well from seeds, and we have a pretty long growing season in Tennessee.
So to help the plants develop thicker stalks I turned a fan on nearby and move them closer to the window. After a couple of days of that with little improvement, I started keeping them outside. I started with only a couple of hours on a warm day and then gradually kept them outside for good.
Have you heard that you need to keep your plants where you can see them? I have but I didn’t listen! I checked on my seedlings just about every day until I left on a 3 night/4 day GreenStalk trip. I glanced at the forecast and it showed rain, so I didn’t worry about them. As it turned out, it didn’t rain for 4 days and my plants dried out, on top of that, it was hovering around 32 degrees when we got back and I pulled them indoors.
This is what the cucumbers looked like before my trip, aren’t they beautiful?!
This is how they looked when I got back from my trip. They never recovered…
Gardening tip: If you’re going out of town and have fragile young plants that rely on you for daily watering, don’t trust the weather man. Have someone come over to your house and check on your plants every other day!
While that was a dramatic example, most of my seedlings are still doing great. I will probably need to thin some of them soon, but other than that they are pretty low-maintenance! All my plants are back outdoors since the forecast is showing temps no lower than 40 degrees in the near future. They do so much better outside on my deck than they ever did growing indoors!
Next time, I’m going to keep it simple and start my seeds in my GreenStalk. It’s soooo much easier!
Oh! Before I forget, the broccoli plants didn’t make it. They were the most spindly and weak out of the bunch. I did cheat and purchase 9 broccoli start plants (for only $3!) and I will be planting them in my GreenStalk soon.
And that’s a wrap! It was quite an exciting week having to deal with lack of light and being away from home for 4 days. But overall, they’re still “growing on!” – see what I just did there?
Have gardening tips, tricks, or ideas to share? I’d love to read them in the comments section below!